I am a Pasadena native. When I was in high school, my parents had a messy divorce in the last year of fault-based divorce in California. I first heard about divorce mediation in the late 1970s and decided to enroll in law school so that I could become a divorce mediator. In law school, I got side-tracked into a more conventional legal career path for 13 years. I joined the Navy to see the world – and was stationed in Long Beach, CA, the closest port to my hometown! I married a sailor and we moved to Oregon with our child. We divorced; I worked as an attorney for several years before I burned out. I returned to California and taught English in public schools for 20 years.
In 2006, while meditating, I heard the call to “meditation AND mediation.” I touched up my mediation skills and began offering family mediation in Pasadena, part-time at first while I was teaching, and full-time since June 1, 2017. Now, I offer online divorce mediation and online family mediation nationwide, accessible to anyone with a smartphone, tablet or computer.
I am a “Certified Advanced Practitioner” with the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and a Senior Mediator and Certified Online Family Mediator with Mediate.com.
B.A. Occidental College (Musical Theater and Speech / Drama)
M.A. UCLA (Dance, emphasis in Dance Therapy)
J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law
I was lucky to have a broad range of experiences as an attorney. I served as a Naval Reserve JAGC officer on active duty for three years, with a sideline as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at Naval Station Long Beach, CA. In southern Oregon, I worked for four years with private law firms in southern Oregon and had a six-year stint as Assistant County Counsel in Jackson County (Medford) Oregon. In California, I focus exclusively on mediation; I am not a member of the California bar. If you need a referral to a California lawyer, I am happy provide referrals for my clients to mediation-friendly attorneys who will support your desire to mediate.
Mediation Training and Experience:
Since 1990, I have completed over 550 hours of mediation training in a wide variety of settings, from private mediation seminars with some of the best trainers available, to short programs at Pepperdine University and ongoing advanced training groups since 2007.
I have taught conflict resolution in urban public schools and in faith-based organizations. I have mediated in a wide range of settings, from a community mediation program with youth in the juvenile justice system, to public schools, to my private practice emphasizing online divorce mediation and other family matters, serving families throughout Southern California and online nationwide.
Oregon State Bar Association: inactive member in good standing
Southern California Mediation Association: member since 2002
Academy of Professional Family Mediators: The “Certified Advanced Practitioner” badge means that my experience, training, ethical standards, insurance, and references have been reviewed by this professional association and they meet or exceed their requirements.
Mediate.com – Certifications include: Certified Mediator, Senior Mediator, Certified Online Mediator and Certified Online Family Mediator: These certifications mean that my experience, training, ethical standards, insurance, and references have been reviewed by Mediate.com and they meet or exceed their requirements. The Certified Online Family Mediator shows that I have completed additional training in providing family mediation using online platforms. I am one of the first mediators to have earned this designation.
I subscribe to the Codes of Ethics of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Southern California Mediation Association, and Mediate.com.
Georgia brings reason, clarity, kindness, and professionalism to the table.”
I want you to know that it has been a pleasure working with you. … Just wanted to tell you.”